Donald Wayne Ross

June 2, 1955January 29, 2019

Donald Wayne Ross was born June 2, 1955 in Shreveport, LA. To Willard D. And Clemmie Ross. Donald was a congenial soul, affectionately known by his friends as "Cowboy". Raised in Northeast Houston (Kashmere Gardens), Donald attended school in HISD. Donald worked for the City of Houston as a laborer for many years. He fathered one child, the love of his life Shenika Strauss, his "Penny". He was a remarkably neat man. You could always find him impeccably dressed for any occasion. Music was a staple in his life; he maintained a meticulously organized library of music that spanned several decades. He lived a modest life and remained a loving father, brother, uncle, nephew, cousin, in-law and friend to all who loved him. He was funny, fiery, and loved to have a good time. He really lived by the mantra, "what's understood doesn't have to been explained" and often ended a discussion or conversation by exclaiming "that's what I'm trying to tell you now!" Donald is survived by his daughter Shenika Strauss; grandson Stephen McCarty; Sister, Pasteen Parks; brother, Barnett Ross (Levorn); sister, Brenda Roberts; Sister, Deborah Madison (Donald); Life friend Linda McDuffie and a host of nieces and nephews.


  • Visitation Saturday, February 9, 2019
  • Celebration o f Life Saturday, February 9, 2019
  • Interment Saturday, February 9, 2019

Donald Wayne Ross

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